Blue Titan hosts their Sixth Annual Operation Ménage-A-WOD

By Michael Brawer

Operation Ménage-A-WOD is the brain child of Eric Basek, owner of Blue Titan Fitness and Self- Defense in Rockaway, New Jersey. The idea came to him after meeting wounded veterans through his wife who worked for a military non-profit. As a gym owner he is always looking for ways to help people improve their lives through fitness and nutrition. He took notice that a number of the veterans he met were finding solace through CrossFit. ( These men and women were using fitness to battle depression, as well find a sense of purpose and community. Fitness has helped many veterans break addictions to alcohol and drugs and develop a healthy lifestyle.

It would be easy to say the Ménage-A-WOD was born just to raise money for these brave men and women. At its heart it is an opportunity to both feature and celebrate the accomplishments of those of who have been injured in battle, many of whom have lost limbs and suffer from PTSD. It also provides a pathway to reach out to others who have yet to find a way to come to terms with what happened to them.

Last year Basek and a few of the veterans he has been inspired by decided to start their own foundation called the Stay Safe Foundation (SSF).

Their mission is to support wounded veterans through peer-to- peer (veteran to-veteran) mentorships, and fitness scholarships and grants.

Basek, a former police officer, wanted to include these services for police officers who are also lacking these support mechanisms. Last year was the first year the Ménage-A-WOD supported the SSF. This year the SSF has added additional training opportunism for police officers to its mission.

This year Blue Titan's 6 th annual Operation Ménage-A-WOD will be taking place on Saturday August 4 from 8:00 AM—3:00PM. Basek is able to utilize the large BT parking lot to create a circuit of 3 CrossFit style workouts that are often done in teams. There will be a DJ, food vendors, raffles and other family friendly activities. Basek said he expects between 300-500 people this year. If you wish to attend or want more information visit the FB page:

If you wish to contribute or be a sponsor for the event you can contact Basek at:

They are also looking for:

1. Wounded Veteran Peer Mentors – veterans of any age and any generation willing to share their combat experience, injuries or experiences with PTSD with veterans of our current generation struggling with recovery

2. Instructors – Professional law enforcement or military instructors willing to teach for free, offer free spots in courses they already offer or teach for a minimal fee to increase the quality and quantity of training available to police officers.

3. Volunteers – Men and women of any age with a desire to help the charity with fundraising events primarily in the N.J. area.

4. Donations – Donations support the charities mission by funding training grants, equipment, travel and mentorships.

We hope to see you there!!